Load, Aim, and Fire

You need a good eye and a quick finger to compete at the biggest trapshooting event in the State.

The Texas State Trapshooting Championships wrapped up this July 4, 2013 weekend with high competition and good sportsmanship.

Hundreds of shotgun enthusiasts gathered at the Amarillo Gun Club to take a shot at becoming a champion.

Texas Trapshoot Hall of Famer and contest, Sue Hopper said every state in the U.S. has a state trapshoot.

"Most people come here to try to qualify to shoot in a special event at the Grand American." said Hopper.

Saturday, July 6, 2013 some of the best trapshooters in the industry went head to head in the State Singles Championship where each shooter had 200 targets.

Special Event Trapshooting Champion, Jim Ashton explained singles are shot from the sixteen yard line and everybody shoots from that yard line. Shooters are based on their classification depending on their average.

"We'll shoot 100 this morning and then 100 this afternoon and it'll be fun." said Ashton "It's a little windy here, but if you shoot in Texas, you're going to shoot in the wind, so it's no problem."

Texas Trapshooters Association President, Roger Cox said top qualifiers often finish in a shootout to see who misses a target first, which at their level is very rare.

"Some of our premier shooters will actually tie with 200 targets a piece and they'll wind up in the shoot offs," said Cox "Saturday can typically run into the evening because some of the premier shooters essentially never miss, so they keep going until they miss."

There were also special categories for husband and wife teams and children. Many people were also making their first appearance at a competitive shoot, but they said they're there for the experience and for the fun.

Ashton said he brought 20 youth trapshooters from the Archer City 4-H program.

"We're real proud of them and for some of them this is the first big shoot they've been to," said Ashton "They're a little nervous, but we're having fun."

Hopper said even though everyone is shooting for the same goal it ultimately is about having fun and making friends and after shooting for 38 years she is blessed to have friends from all over the U.S.

"I love to win. I've won three trophies this year, but it's really about the friends." said Hopper "There is not a state that I go to that I don't know somebody and that's really what it's become about."

Event coordinators said the state shoot brings in a huge economic impact for Amarillo, bringing in around $1 million dollars.

The event will finish tomorrow, July 7, 2013 by awarding the new Trapshooting State Champions.